Abilify Causing Compulsive Behaviors
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Nearly 1 million Americans are prescribed Abilify each year to treat mental disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The drug works by either increasing or decreasing dopamine or serotonin levels in the brain when there is an imbalance. Although the drug can be effective in controlling symptoms and allowing patients to lead more stable lives, studies have shown that the drug is also linked to disturbing compulsive behavior.
Researchers have found evidence to suggest that excessive amounts of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin trigger excessive compulsions - leading to pathological gambling, hypersexuality, over-shopping, and even binge eating. These behaviors can have devastating emotional and financial consequences-often, those who suffer from compulsions will do anything it takes to continue the compulsive activity.
We are currently investigating claims on behalf of injured users. Our firm has over 30 years of experience handling dangerous drugs cases. If you or someone you know has suffered from compulsive gambling or eating as a result of taking Abilify, the New York defective drug attorneys at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP can help you fight for what you are rightfully owed.
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Studies Suggest Abilify is Linked to Compulsive Gambling
- A 2013 French study examined several people who had checked into a clinic to receive treatment for their compulsive gambling behaviors. Authors of the study found a trend among patients who had taken Abilify as part of their ongoing medical treatment.
- Another French study published in 2013 by Gaboriau, et al., examined several people who checked into a clinic because of their compulsive gambling behaviors. Nearly 88% of patients examined were found to have lost control of their gambling due to Abilify. After ceasing the treatment, or at least greatly reducing the dosage, patients were able to regain control of their compulsive behaviors.
- A2011 British study conducted by the National Problem Gambling Clinic discovered a relationship between Abilify and the desire to gamble. It was also found that discontinuing the drug allows gambling problems to be resolved.
- Another 2011 case study found the same trend in patients treated for schizophrenia. Despite not having a single patient with a history of pathological gambling, researchers found that soon after taking the drug, patients began gambling uncontrollably.
- An Australian case study described a woman who had been unable to resist overeating after taking Abilify. In only a few months, she had gained 20 pounds and lost thousands of dollars gambling. Like in all the other cases of drug-induced compulsive disorders, once the treatment was stopped, symptoms subsided.
- A separate 2008 study showed another patient who developed sex addiction symptoms after she took Abilify to treat her schizophrenia. She became obsessed with sexual feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, despite having little-to-no sex drive prior to taking the drug.
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